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Weekly Roundup: January 28, 2022


At the Blog

On Monday, Scott Cummings offered some lessons for legal mobilization in contemporary social movements. Drawing from his book, An Equal Place: Lawyers in the Struggle for Los Angeles, which examines five seminal labor campaigns in significant low-wage industries (garment, day labor, retail, grocery, and trucking), he highlighted several crucial functions that lawyers perform beyond the domain of litigation and courts.

On Wednesday, we gathered seven colleagues around ye olde LPE water cooler and asked for their initial reactions to the Court’s decision blocking OSHA’s vaccine-or-test mandate. From specific concerns of interpretation to broader thoughts about the decision as a departure from a liberal account of labor markets, the responses offer a range of perspectives on this “breathtaking work of staggering judicial aggrandizement,” as Blake Emerson called it.

In LPE Land

Don’t miss the next event in our series on Reimagining the Political Economy of Care. On Tuesday, February 1st at 4p ET, the LPE Project will host Health, Movements, and Power-building. Featuring Maya Sandler, Johanna Fernandez, Lucie White, and Gregg Gonsalves, this zoom panel will discuss the different power-building and organizing strategies of the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, and the Grey Panthers, and how they worked both inside and outside the systems of traditional medicine to make health central to their political activism.

Karina Patrício and Chris Marsh have a new paper, arguing that the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement with Argentina violated the core purposes of the IMF as per its Articles of Agreement and, therefore, constitutes an ultra vires act. They’ve also helpfully summarized the argument in this twitter thread.